2,000 people should be talking about Bitcoin and NFT

Launched during the 2020 pandemic, Surfin’Bitcoin is in its third edition, that of confirmation. With 1,500 attendees expected, more than 100 speakers, 35 of whom are international, the show shows its ambition. But Jonathan Herscovici, one of the organizers and co-founder of the start-up StackinSat, keeps in mind the primary mission of the event. “Our vocation is always to democratize BTC”, he assures.

Objective shared by NFT Biarritz, which is blowing out the first candle. “We are expecting around 400 people,” hopes Franck Dupont, creator of the show with his brother Damien. The two brothers work as developers and have been evolving in the world of cryptocurrencies for two years. “We don’t want to sell NFTs, but to help the public understand them,” says Damien Dupont.

Damien (left) and Franck Dupont, the two brothers behind NFT Biarritz.

Edouard Ampuy

For beginners and advanced

Between 64 and 100 euros, this is the price offered by NFT Biarritz to demystify the NFT through lectures on its history or its applications in different fields. Members of the International Federation of Association Football (Fifa) or the NBA, the American basketball league, will intervene to talk about this technology in the world of sports. But the pride of the organizers lies in the workshops. “You can come with your computer and work, we offer practical things to learn the basics, how to create your own online wallet,” says Franck Dupont.

This year, Surfin’Bitcoin rolled out its three-day schedule. Thursday a first day of free entertainment, intended for BTC newbies with, among other things, a treasure hunt for the city and 10,000 euros in bitcoin up for grabs. Fridays and Saturdays are available for 250 euros a day and “are more dedicated to connoisseurs,” admits Jonathan Herscovici.

They tackle different topics, in English or French, with multiple speakers, including the Minister of Economy of El Salvador, one of the only two countries in the world to have adopted bitcoin as legal tender, or the Eurosceptic and ultraliberal financier Charles Gave.

Recent events such as the cryptocurrency crash last June, the failure of the Celsius Network trading platform or the collapse of BTC close to $ 20,000 do not undermine the organizer’s confidence, quite the contrary. “Reinforce our faith in maximalism. All cryptocurrencies are crashing, but BTC stays above $ 20,000, which is huge. “

“Not the same values”

For their first day, the creators of NFT Biarritz are confident. “We had a lot of requests and enthusiasm, we had to turn down the participants, reveals Damien Dupont. People love cryptocurrency on the side, thanks in part to Surfin’Bitcoin, it motivated us to create the show. “

A rapprochement that the organizer of Surfin’Bitcoin accepts somewhat reluctantly. Jonathan Herscovici wants to distance himself from both events. “Our relationship with them is purely commercial,” he reveals. At Surfin’Bitcoin we consider BTC the only revolution. We don’t share the same values, BTC can change your life while NFT is a gadget. “A discourse that the Dupont brothers try to dilute. “They have a maximalist vision, it was a shame not to open the perspective on broader topics”.

“The Basque Valley”

But never mind, the association of the two shows brings visibility and offers Biarritz the image of a trendy city in the field of new technologies. A dynamic that Jonathan Herscovici wants to surf on. “We have a lot of companies in the technology sector, we want to keep bringing talent,” he says.

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